Ahmad Daleen is a man of passion, boundless dreams and unshakable determination. While wrestling between three jobs as a full stack developer, he invests all his remaining time and hard-earned money into a start-up company he founded with a small team of talented individuals.
It all began in high school—IT lessons were one of Daleen’s most-anticipated sessions of the school weeks back in Syria. He precisely remember learning the programming languages of C# and Java.
“My love for IT was born,” he said, “I was willing to spend an entire day in front of the computer teaching myself. It became my hobby, my passion.”
He believed, it was the beginning of a new era where technology and the Internet were rapidly consuming the lifestyle of the millennials.
“I was raised in the midst of a family-run business. My father, an engineer, was a successful businessman hoping for me to follow in his footsteps.”
Despite being drawn towards IT, he completed a business diploma before an unrest in his home country scattered the family across the continent.
“My parents migrated to Egypt and I flew to Malaysia in search of a new life at Limkokwing University,” he recalled.
Equipped with a Diploma in Business Administration and the experiences derived from his own father, it was easy to assume that he would pursue something similar. But Daleen had different plans. He enrolled in Software Engineering with Multimedia, giving in to his burning desire to explore and master the field of Information Technology.
It was truly a blessing in disguise. Ever since, he has been part of several big and innovative projects in and outside the campus.
Some of his notable projects include SmartHome, Eye Tracking Technology for Typing and the Text Reader for the Blind.
“My final year project was called the Text Reader for the Blind where you can snap any page and convert the written text into audio,” he explained.
The device consists of a pair of glasses with a camera, microphone and a headphones. It took Daleen several months of planning and execution to complete this project.
“If you don’t have a good plan, you are going to end up working for someone who does,” he light-heartedly added.
All these innovations were greatly inspired by his keenness to help make life easier for people.
Together with a team of experts; designers, developers and server support technicians, the technopreneur is now bringing a new product into the online market.
“We have developed and launched an app called FoodTime, a platform designed to connect you to your favourite restaurants with in-house delivery service,” Daleen said.
The 100% free food app has been soft-launched in Cyberjaya in March 2017 and promises food lovers an amazingly simple and quick experience finding the best food in town.
While there are a number of food apps circulating in the market currently, FoodTime is one of its kind, bringing all the deals at your fingertips.
“We are in the 21st century. We can’t really come up with a new idea that someone else hasn’t thought about yet,” he laughed off.
“But, we can market any idea lucratively, bringing it to life from the paper into a business.”
When asked what keeps him highly motivated, Daleen revealed, “It’s definitely my thirst for knowledge and experience.”
He strives to constantly improve himself in every way possible, especially in the different fields of IT.
“In the end, your experience speaks louder than what’s written on your CV. It’s important to design yourself first.”
When he’s not working or developing his start-up company, the bodybuilder is also an avid racer and adventure scuba diver.
“I don’t set any limits to success. I want to be the best in whatever I do. And surrounding yourself with people who are capable and intelligent really helps,” he advised.
This new-age entrepreneur is not ready to stop anytime soon. He’s hoping to be part of more innovative tech projects in the future.
Ahmad Daleen is now continuing his Masters in Project Management at Limkokwing University.
He deems Limkokwing University as a starting point that guides students to eventually be the masters of their future.
For decades, the University has pioneered the concept of ‘Industry Meets University’ that has now glazed many books and talks by world leaders. With over 150 nationalities enclosed in a creatively-enhanced ecosystem, students often find themselves mingling with some of the best talents from around the world.